Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Police arrest Occupy Atlanta protesters

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:33 AM

An Occupy Atlanta protester shouts power to the people, while being carried away by police after being arrested Tuesday night in Woodruff Park.
  • Joeff Davis
  • An Occupy Atlanta protester shouts "power to the people," while being carried away by police after being arrested Tuesday night in Woodruff Park.

Atlanta Police early this morning marched into Woodruff Park and arrested Occupy Atlanta protesters.

Police issued a warning at 11:50 p.m. to protesters and people congregating in the downtown park that officers would arrest those who did not vacate the park, including the media.

Supporters and gawkers began to gather outside the greenspace, which by then had been surrounded by a heavy police presence. Crowds briefly formed a human chain outside Woodruff Park along Peachtree Street and chanted "Where's Kasim Reed?" and "Off the sidewalk, into the streets." An Occupy Atlanta organizer told people who'd exited the park to retrieve their tents as police planned to treat anything left behind as abandoned property.

Nearly one hour later, a large group of officers wearing eye goggles marched into the park and moved toward the group of approximately 50 protesters who'd volunteered to be arrested. They handcuffed the protesters with plastic ties and led — or in some cases, carried — them to a makeshift processing station at the foot of the SunTrust building. The arrests witnessed by CL were peaceful and without incident.

Officers on horseback blocked the north end of Peachtree Street while police motorcycles and cruisers cut off access at Marietta Street to the south. Police in riot gear entered the park but did not appear to participate in the arrests.

Among the more well-known protesters arrested were state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman and Joe Beasley. City officials said they'd release a statement explaining how many people were arrested and offering more information.

A City Hall staffer said Mayor Kasim Reed was "on site" for the arrests. A source echoed a report by 11 Alive that Reed was monitoring the event from the SunTrust building east of the park.

Around 1:30 a.m., some protesters had reportedly left to march to the city's jail located in south downtown.

More details later today.

More photos from last night's arrests

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Occupy Atlanta

This is a gallery of images documenting the Occupy Atlanta protests in Atlanta. The "occupation" started October 7 with hundreds of people gathering in Woodruff Park. Occupy Atlanta is part of a growing number of protests across the United States that started with a gathering of protesters in New York City called Occupy Wall Street.

By Joeff Davis

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